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Hi I'm Gordon

I'm a law school and business school student in Virginia. I have a wife and two daughters. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy cycling, backpacking, ultimate frisbee, playing with my kids, and going on dates with my wife. I also love quietly reading a good book. In fact, my dream house will have a large library with lots of sound proofing :). I love to follow politics, but I left a job in Congress two years ago to get a law degree and an MBA. It's been an interesting experience to return to school while raising a family. We've learned to live on and even have fun on very little money. Our oldest daughter is three and is becoming an expert negotiator--how many vegetables she'll eat, how long she'll play in the bath tub, what time she'll go to bed, etc. Our youngest is eleven months and has a beautiful smile but a heartbreaking cry.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by parents who are some of the most Christ-like people I know. As a child I relied a great deal on their faith in God, but as a young person I had to know for myself. My conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ was not a one-time or overnight experience of suddenly knowing that God lives. It was a process of daily prayer and scripture study--particularly of the Book of Mormon, pondering, asking questions, trying to keep myself pure through keeping God’s commandments, and trying to treat others as Christ would. When I was 19 years old, I chose to become a missionary for two years in Argentina. Those two years were the most marvelous, challenging, educational, and spiritual of my life. They strengthened my conviction in God’s love, taught me to be a leader, prepared me for marriage and fatherhood, and showed me how to trust that God will guide my life as I stay close to him. Since returning from Argentina eight years ago, I have continued to see evidence of God guiding my life. I have read the Book of Mormon dozens of times and have felt powerful impressions--feelings that I know could not have come from my own emotions--that the book is true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the Church he restored is true. I have also experienced the powerful effects of the Atonement of Jesus Christ lifting the burden of guilt, pain, and sorrow. I know He is the son of God and our Savior.

How I live my faith

Most importantly, I try to be a good husband and father. This includes asking for forgiveness frequently :) and being patient. I hope that the way my children live their lives will reflect the way I lived my beliefs. I pay 10% of my income (not much right now) as tithing. I also try to take advantage of opportunities to serve, like helping someone load a moving van or participating in service projects. I also have several formal roles in our congregation. I am the Choir Pianist and the Public Affairs representative. The latter gives me the chance to try and help more people in our community know who we are and what we believe. For example, when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir recently came to Virginia, I was able to help get the word out and answer questions about the Choir and the Church. Other times I work to get stories in the newspaper when a member of our congregation becomes an Eagle Scout or returns from missionary service abroad. It's a cool opportunity to develop relationships within the community and see people warm up to the Church. I also participate in the "home teaching" program, where I regularly visit two families in the congregation to share spiritual messages and check on their temporal and spiritual well being.